I realize that I haven’t been written for Skepchick since promising to provide more tidbits from my expedition last summer to the Indian Ocean, so I’m writing to let everyone know I’m alive and was just hiding in lab. I spent the last two months working 12-hour days (including most weekends) collecting data from MIT before moving to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for the rest of my graduate career. During the past week, I obtained the last of my MIT data, moved to a new apartment, officially switched thesis advisors, booked airline tickets for my summer travels, handed in my final papers for this semester, and spent 9 hours on the bus between Boston and Woods Hole.
I’ve now officially survived a *very* tough couple of semesters, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful summer. I’ll still be busy until I (Newton willing!) pass my general exam in September, but at least I’ll be able to take time off to do some sea kayaking (out my front door!) and be able to work from home a large amount when I’m writing. And, of course, I plan to spend some time writing for Skepchick!
I will still be very busy over the summer, but I can at least promise you “Notes from the Field” for my upcoming summer travels to Costa Rica (to climb some active volcanoes! yay!), to Vancouver for a geochemistry conference, and to South Africa (again!). I’ll also try to write up some more pieces about life as a graduate student, about Woods Hole Oceanographic, and about random science musings. Stay tuned!